It’s time for another run down of TWiN. Damn, that came around quick, didn’t it? You are probably all still laid up licking your wounds from the last minutes of 2012, but remember, after this weekend, you get back to long work weeks with no relief in sight… until the next weekend. So, here’s a quick rundown of some of our show picks for this weekend in Nashville.
Bobby Keys and The Suffering Bastards w/ Natural Child @ Mercy Lounge
The name Bobby Keys may not ring a bell, but I guarantee you’ve heard his music. Like, if you haven’t, you probably don’t listen to music. You know the saxophone parts on The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Mainstreet (and several other of their classic albums)? Every individual member of The Beatles’ solo outings? Elvis? Eric Clapton? Carly Simon? B.B. King? Yep, that’s Bobby Keys. With a band comprised of members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Georgia Satellites and the live bands of Ryan Adams and John Fogerty, Bobby Keys and The Suffering Bastards are a true under-the-radar musical treasure. Expect lots of classic covers that Keys actually played on, and prepare to have your mind blown by just how much reach his playing has. Natural Child is supporting the show (an awesome fit, if you ask me!) but it looks like Keys and co. are actually playing first (they are old, after all), so be sure to show up early! The show kicks off at 8PM (doors at 7) at Mercy Lounge and you can still snag tickets here. I can’t think of a better way to spend your first Friday night of 2013!
Here’s Bobby Keys and The Suffering Bastards covering The Rolling Stones’ classic “Brown Sugar:”
Matt: Star & Micey w/ Peter Terry & The City Prophets, and Magnolia Sons @ The 5 Spot
We’ve been talking about the band Star & Micey quite a bit since they topped that Paste Magazine list last year. We’ve also dropped hints about Nashville’s soul-tinged Magnolia Sons already too. I’ve had some exposure to Peter Terry & The City Prophets, but I haven’t seen them live yet. So, tonight is a night for all of us looking for something new and fun. And, what could be better than a show at The 5 Spot sponsored by our friends over at The Deli Nashville. Things get started at 9pm, and have a listen to each of these stellar bands below!
Philip: Parquet Courts, Nots, OGG, Dirty Dreams, ArchAnimals, and Gold & the Rush @ The Owl Farm
This show caught my eye at first because of the 6 bands/ 5 bucks/ b.y.o.b./ d.i.y. vibe reminiscent of the scene I grew up in. After actually checking out the bands (and Matt reassuring me that Parquet Courts are really dope- a fact that I, and tons of more reputable sources than I, can confidently confirm- don’t know how I missed the boat on those guys), I learned that not only is it 6 bands for 5 bucks, but 6 awesome bands. You seriously cannot pass this one up! The styles range from indie to surf rock to garage rock to dance pop to alternative and the bands hail from New York, New Orleans, Memphis, and right here in town. Rather than get too in depth about each, I’ll link to songs below so you can check them out for yourself. Again, it’s only $5, it’s happening at The Owl Farm. Every single band on the bill is fantastic so it’s worth showing up early for. The show’s billed to start at 8PM and it’s all ages!
honeyhoney w/ Roadkill Ghost Choir and Chastity Brown @ 3rd & Lindsley
honeyhoney might be from Los Angeles, but you would never guess it by listening to their folky, alt-country, soulful pop/rock (seriously, I have no idea how to properly classify their sound). They sound as southern as they come. A country/folk guy/girl duo, they’ll inevitability draw comparisons to The Civil Wars and Shovels & Rope; they fall somewhere in between the two in liveliness and influence. Their latest album Billy Jack is pretty incredible and I’m definitely excited to see how their live performance compares. Supporting the show are Ghost Choir and Chastity Brown, it gets going at 3rd & Lindsley at 7PM (doors at 6) and you can grab your tickets here.
Here’s the music video for honeyhoney’s single for “Angel of Death.” It features a bunch of random cameos, including Martin Starr from ‘Freaks and Geeks’ (which, if you didn’t know, is the greatest television show ever):